Testimonials from our SPARKees



"For a scientist pursuing hypothesis-driven basic research SPARK means a fundamental shift of perspective: Peer to peer guidance to stay on target for converting basic research into drugs ready for business and clinical application."

Prof. Dr. Regine Heilbronn, Director Institute of Virology CBF, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin

"When first invited, I came for money. Now I come for priceless expertise and multi-level support"
Prof. Dr. Christoph Schwarzer, Institute of Pharmacology, Medical University Innsbruck (Team: Prof. Dr. Regine Heilbronn)

"SPARK is a great initiative to de-risk innovative projects and to enhance translational research from bench to bedside. SPARK provided us with excellent partners, pushed our project and helped a lot in making decisions and focusing on the next steps."
PD Dr. med. Karoline Krause, Dpt. of Dermatology and Allergy, Allergie-Centrum-Charité, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin

"I was so excited to participate in the SPARK mentoring program, because it provides a completely new perspective on the clinical translation of projects. For scientists it is so important to get insights into the process of translating basic research findings into treatments. These insights provided by the SPARK program definitely shaped my way of thinking about current scientific projects and future ideas."
Dr. Felix Lorenz, Captain T Cell, Molecular Cell Biology and Gene Therapy, Max-Delbrück-Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) Berlin

"With the help of the SPARK program we could refocus our priorities and were able to advance our project from an idea to a finished trial protocol."
PD Dr. Wolfgang Böhmerle, Department of Neurology with Experimental Neurology, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin